“What would Marc do?” That’s a question that Magazine Publisher Randy Noles asked himself when he looked at his future. Randy had always dreamed of getting his Master’s degree, but work and family obligations kept him busy and he never followed through. Then, when he turned 60, he realized that he’d always have a reason not to pursue his dreams. He needed to start Growing Bolder.
Growing Bolder is proud to be a part of a cutting edge health project dedicated to creating a unique facility which brings together wellness, fitness and medicine in one integrated center in the Orlando, Florida area.
The first-annual Allegro presents the Growing Bolder Awards, brought to you by Senior Resource Alliance and Winter Park Health Foundation, will shine the spotlight on seniors who, as valuable members of our community, are pursuing their passions and living lives of purpose, while making a difference in the lives of others.
While Graham Johnston might be known as “the old fossil,” he is anything but petrified or prehistoric. This 85-year-old might be called one of the world’s foremost “aqua-tourists.” We catch him action at a swim meet, where he not only sets even more world records, he shares tales from the road and his fascinating life.
With her rainbow swim cap and megawatt smile, swimmer Charlotte Sanddal is hard to miss in the pool. Then when you discover she’s not only a national champion, she’s also 94 years old, you realize you’re never going to forget her.
John Seevers was born with birth defects in both legs. A series of surgeries led doctors to perform a double rotation — turning his forward-facing feet backwards. He doesn’t want you to feel sorry for him or to tell him to “hang in there.” He wants you to watch him racing hard against able-bodied swimmers, setting records in the process, and realize that we’re all capable of standing tall.
Step inside one of the most unique clubs in the world. All of its members are experiencing some form of early memory impairment and they’re doing something about it. See how they’re learning to celebrate capabilities and learning that even though life may be different, it can still be a wonderful life.
Growing Bolder Founder Marc Middleton was recently honored with the 2016 Changing the Way the World Ages Award from Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care for seniors across the United States, Canada and Australia.
Ann Kahl is the kind of friend we all need. She’s an encouraging, supportive and inspirational pied piper of health and fitness who believes we’re all over-medicated and under-trained. She’ll do just about anything to help anyone live a healthier and more active life. And oh yeah, she just happens to be 87 years old.
In this episode of Surviving & Thriving, meet a renowned artist in his mid-90s who still paints every day. Find out why he has no plans of living his final years quietly. Plus, a former soldier explains how his wartime experiences in Iraq inspired him to enroll in med school — in his 40s!